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					Mooving to Moodle
Amy Brown and Deana St. Peter
Guilford Technical Community College
What LMS is your school using?
1.   Blackboard
2.   WebCT
3.   Educator
4.   Moodle
5.   Other/Not
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Is your school considering Moodle?
1.   Yes
2.   No
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What is the main thing your school
likes about Blackboard?
1.   It’s familiar.
2.   Menu/folder
     organization
3.   Look and feel
4.   Gradebook
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What’s the main thing your school
does NOT like about Blackboard?
1.   Price
2.   Menu/folder
     organization
3.   Look and feel
4.   Gradebook
5.   Limited options
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GTCC backstory
   Over 10 years on Blackboard
   Part of NCLC Blackboard consortium
   Experienced some customer service issues
    with Blackboard and ASP hosting
GTCC - Moodle
   System Office was pushing Moodle as a
    solution.
   RFP for second wave of NCMUG project
   Distance Learning and five faculty attended
    Moodle training summer 2007
+   =
Blackboard
Facebook
Moodle
Blackboard vs. Moodle
   Annual license fee vs. Open source
   Folders vs. blocks
   Content management system vs. dynamic
    learning environment
   Faculty/Publisher-created content vs.
    ―Everyone-created‖ content
Move to Moodle
   Training (summer 2007)
   Pilot with faculty and students (fall 2007)
   Migration (spring 2008-fall 2008)
   Final Blackboard semester (spring 2009)
GTCC number of sites
   Fall 2007 semester
      Blackboard – over 800
      Moodle – over 15


   Spring 2008 semester
      Blackboard – over 800
      Moodle – over 50


   Fall 2008 semester
      Moodle – over 800
      Blackboard – between 50-75
GTCC faculty
    Blackboard is limiting
    Setting up assignments in BB is more time consuming—
     multiple steps
    Students can’t contribute to course content (like
     glossaries and wikis)
    Can get bulky—go to this folder, open this sub-folder,
     download this file
    Moodle is more dynamic—students create profiles with
     pictures, I can see all of their activity in one place, it’s
     easier for me to respond to them
GTCC faculty
   Reaction to Moodle training
       ―Wow! Look at all the cool toys!‖
       Different types of assignments allow for different
        student interaction and different student-teacher
        interaction
       News forum, internal messaging, etc.
GTCC faculty
   Selling features of Moodle
       Profiles—I can ―see‖ my students next to all of
        their work
       Activity reports—show posts, blogs, submitted
        assignments, etc. all in one place
       Easier to navigate
Blackboard List of Students
Moodle List of Students
Blackboard Course Homepage
Moodle Course Homepage
Blackboard Discussion Boards
Moodle Forums
Blackboard Glossary
Moodle Glossary
Moodle Glossary with Student
Contributions
Blackboard Course Statistics
Moodle Activity Reports
Another Moodle Activity Report
Blackboard as an Administrator
Moodle as an Administrator
Blackboard vs. Moodle Admin
   Logging in as a someone else
   Search and add students to course
   Settings for self-creation of accounts
   Self-enroll process
   Enrollment file (user/course vs.
    user/course/group)
   Groups keep sections separate!
Pros for switching to Moodle
   Open source – better long-term financial
    investment for GTCC
   Flexibility and options
   More learning centered than Blackboard
   Faculty already online savvy, but switch
    gives us a chance to redefine what we do.
Cons for switching to Moodle
   Migration of content
   Retrain faculty
   Running/Paying for 2 Learning
    Management System for migration
   Resistance to change
   Lacking a true equation editor
   Publishers are new to Moodle
What is your top concern about
moving to Moodle?
1.   Migration of
     content
2.   Retraining faculty
3.   Publisher content
4.   Reaction of faculty
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Do you think Moodle could work at
your school?
1.   True
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Teaching with Moodle
Moodle Resources
Moodle Activities
Learning from Mistakes
   Moodle 1.8 gradebook
   Adaptive mode in quizzes
   Question ―names‖
   CamelCase in wikis
   Typos in ―News Forum‖ and ―Mail now‖
   Can’t ―block‖ students
Moodle as a Student
Moodle as a Student
GTCC decision
   Moodle server with Remote Learner –
    Level 4
   Use Blackboard through June 2009
   On-going training both face-to-face and
    online
   Aim for 95% of courses to be on Moodle by
    fall 2008
Team-teaching with Moodle
   Advantages:
       Teachers can co-develop and share assignments
        without having to share students or a grade
        book.
       Students are put in separate groups and have
        access to their group only.
       We don’t have to create separate forums, for
        example.
Moodle sites at GTCC – EPT 210
Moodle sites at GTCC – FIP 136
Moodle sites at GTCC – CIS 110
Moodle sites at GTCC – REL 110
Innovative Instruction
   Wikis
   Blogs
   Responsibility for their own learning
Administrating Moodle
   Blackboard head
   Tools are present, less ―sophistication‖
   Course copy process – more options
   Enrollment file (users/courses vs.
    users/courses/groups)
Moodle Lessons from others
   Like learning to drive a new car—same buttons in
    different places.
   Learning to use the grade book and creating tests
    are tricky, but this is because I’m used to BB, not
    because Moodle is ―hard.‖
   Moodle has more features than BB—part of the
    challenge as an educator is determining how to
    use them.
Future of Moodle at GTCC
   Five instances
       Curriculum
       Business and Industry / Continuning Education
       Internal Training
       Testing
       Public
Customizations
   iTunes U authentication part of login
    process
   10% report - # of hits, not actions
   Attendance form
   Streamline enrollment
Information
 Amy Brown, Distance Learning
albrown@gtcc.edu

Deana St. Peter, English
djstpeter@gtcc.edu
What does the “D” stand for in
Moodle?
1.   Domino
2.   Dynamic
3.   Devil




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Students are telling us that they like
Moodle better than Blackboard
because _______________________.
1.   It’s easier to use.
2.   They can create
     content as well as
     faculty.
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The group feature in Moodle allows
you to keep the sections separate yet
see the same content.
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2.   No



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This was a good presentation.
1.   Strongly Agree
2.   Agree
3.   Neutral
4.   Disagree
5.   Strongly Disagree
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